Gunman robs Ace TV Rentals

Posted By | April 15, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Authorities responded to Ace TV Rentals at 219
Mose Drive after a masked gunman held store employees at gun point on Saturday. Officers made an attempt to pursue the subject and brought in a tracking unit from Cookeville.
The subject had apparently entered the back door, wearing black clothing and a black ski mask. According to the report, the robber held employees at gun point with a semi-automatic handgun and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the building.
At approximately 7:10 p.m., Saturday, Ptl. Roy Gooch, Ptl. Jeff Glass and Lt. Ken McCormick of the Sparta Police Dept. arrived on the scene to investigate. Inv. Allen Selby and Chief Jeff Guth were also on the scene. A K-9 unit from Cookeville Police Dept. was brought to the location in an attempt to track the subject. Despite the effort of law enforcement personnel, the subject was not located.
– Drug charges after wreck
Officers placed both Melinda Alverta Thompson, 23, of Sparta and Donald Lee Trusty, 39, of Lasscassas, under arrest for possession of five grams of crack cocaine on Thursday after they were involved in an accident.
Authorities were dispatched to a one vehicle accident off Highway 111 South. According to the report, Thompson was traveling southbound in a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado when she allegedly dropped a cigarette and lost control of the vehicle. The Chevrolet came to rest in a ditch off the right side of the highway.
White County EMS responded and transported Thompson to the White County Community Hospital with minor injuries where she was treated and released.
Ptl. J.T. King and Sgt. Elmore Carter, Jr. of the Sparta Police Dept. and several members of the White County Sheriff’s Dept. were on the scene. Thompson was charged with possession of schedule II drug and drug paraphernalia, possession. Trusty was charged with drug: unlawful drug paraphernalia/use & activities and possession of schedule II drug.
– Extensive damage in house fire
Authorities were dispatched to a structure fire on Levon Sparkman Road at approximately 3:30 p.m., Friday. The owners, Roger and Regina Judd were not home at the time the fire started. According to Doyle Asst. Fire Chief Jimmy Savage, the fire had started on the back porch and spread into the upper part of the structure over the kitchen and dining room. The kitchen, dining room and storage areas were destroyed. There was also extensive smoke and water damage.
There were approximately eight firemen from Mt. Gilead Volunteer Fire Dept., eight firemen and one explorer from Hickory Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. and eight firemen and three explorers from Doyle Volunteer Fire Dept. on the scene. Sparta Air Van #410 was also on the location and lent their assistance.
“Everyone worked super,” said Asst. Chief Jimmy Savage. “I am proud of all the districts.”
According to authorities the fire was contained to the back portion of the home and said the cause was accidental. Authorities were on the scene until approximately 5:30 p.m.
– Hit and run accident
Authorities are searching for a dark green, mid 90’s Chevrolet Lumina with damage to the right front fender area. According to the Sparta Police Dept., this vehicle had apparently fled the scene of an accident on Highway 111 on Saturday evening.
At approximately 5:35 p.m., April 13, 2002, Ptl. J.T. King of the Sparta Police Dept. arrived on the scene of the accident on Highway 111. According to the report, a 1994 Nissan was traveling north on Highway 111 on the inside lane. A Chevrolet Lumina, driven by a hispanic male, was traveling northbound in the outside lane.
According to authorities, the driver of the Chevrolet was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed, swerved from the outside lane, across the highway to the median, then to the inside lane. The Chevrolet hit the Nissan, causing damage to the driver’s side left rear. The Chevrolet fled the scene. If you have any information in reference to this accident, please contact the Sparta Police Dept. at 836-3734.
– Local firemen assisted Cumberland County with brush fire
Cumberland County Fire Dept. (from Pleasant Hill) and several fire departments from White County extinguished a brush fire off Toddtown Road on Wednesday afternoon with the help of Tennessee Forestry Division.
At approximately 3:20 p.m., April 10, 2002, the Emergency 911 Center dispatched both Eastland and BonDeCroft Volunteer Fire Depts. to the area of 730 Toddtown
Road in reference to the brush fire.
There were approximately 20 firemen who worked diligently to extinguish the fire and keep it from destroying nearby homes.”Fire had gone fairly close to two house trailers,” said Eastland Fire Chief Bill Smith.
Firefighters created a fire line with the help of leaf blowers in order to keep the fire from spreading. Although the cause of the fire was undetermined, five or six acres of pasture
and woods had burned.
Authorities were on the scene until approximately 5:13 p.m.

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